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Arizona’s rules for rationing healthcare in the COVID-19 pandemic should terrify you

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SOURCE:  Los Angeles Times

Arizona’s Republican Gov. Doug Ducey tries to explain Monday why his state waited to impose social distancing guidelines until after coronavirus cases surged.  (State of Arizona)

You may think that the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, are frightening enough. But Arizona has just activated a rulebook for rationing hospital care that is truly terrifying.

In brief, the rules allow hospitals to deny critical healthcare resources such as ventilators to patients based on medical judgments about their likelihood of living even five more years despite surviving COVID-19.

In practical terms, that means that on average, older adults are more likely to be denied care than younger persons. Those with medical conditions other than COVID-19 would be more vulnerable to denials than those judged to be healthier, whatever their age.

Under the rules, doctors making triage judgments that deprive patients of necessary care will be immune from legal liability.

Arizona’s so-called crisis standards of care, or CSC, isn’t unique among the states.

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The Coronovirus How to deal with it

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A doctor looks at the coronavirus and comes up with some surprising conclusions.

This comes from the YouTube channel of Dr. John Bergman who content is detailed,

understandable and a breath of fresh air.

What is his surprising conclusions: the coronavirus hysteria is designed to take away

your rights

Interesting sidebar: The world financial system was teetering before the coronavirus

and now this crisis gives the central bankers a reason to bail out the hyped-up,

overleveraged gamblers who got us to this point after they did it the last time in 2008.

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Big Pharma Doesn’t Want Healthy People

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Dr. John L. Reizer

Author of The Target List novel

Like any business, drug companies want more customers. Unlike any other business, these multinational corporations have the means to create lifelong customers because they can get their prospects chemically addicted to dangerous, synthetic compounds that have been specifically designed for that purpose.

Think about the people in your life that take prescription medicines. You probably know an aunt or uncle that takes a pill to control hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, or some other chronic condition. Maybe the person you know taking a prescribed drug is a parent or a sibling. Maybe you’re the person addicted to a prescription drug. How long have you been taking the same pill for a medically diagnosed condition? Has it been days, weeks, months or years? Chances are good that the people you know taking prescription drugs have been doing so for an extended period of time. Chances are equally good that the people you know taking medications aren’t planning on kicking their habits anytime soon.

The drug companies are in business to create and sell addictive, chemical products perceived by the members of society to be necessary in order to create a healthy, functioning body. People actually believe, in today’s world, the only way to control diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol is through prescription drugs. The average person doesn’t give much consideration to the idea of getting off the sofa to partake in an exercise program. Most people want instant gratification. They want to be healthy without having to put serious effort into their campaigns. They’d rather take a prescription drug than walk a few miles everyday to improve some flagged chemistry profile that was discovered in a lab test ordered by a physician.

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The Medical Care Wheel of Misfortune

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September 24th, 2019

by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

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  • a recent AMA study revealed that over the last four years the competition in the commercial insurance market has decreased. In over 50 percent of metropolitan areas, representing about 73 million persons, one insurer has half of the market. The more concentrated the market, the higher the premiums.
  • The promised free health care would increase the payroll taxes on all workers, even if that worker does not want that particular brand of free medical care. The next time you hear that medical care is free, just think about that “free” car you won at a game show is the wrong color, is too small, has uncomfortable seats, inadequate headroom, and overall is not what you really want.
  • The underlying message of free “health care” is disempowering. The message is that we are incapable of taking care of ourselves.

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You finally get your dream and are selected to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. You get to see Pat Sajak and Vanna White! You win a vacation to some country that you don’t really want to see. You cannot get the cash equivalent. You have to take 10 days off of work to take the free vacation you did not want. You discover that you have to pay the tax on the free vacation.

Or you win a free car. You have a perfectly functioning 3-year-old car. The free car was not really the car you would have selected. You accepted it because it was free. Then you see that you have to pay tax on the list price of the free car. You also discover that the collision insurance and Department of Motor Vehicles registration for the free car are significantly higher than for the car you currently own.

These are examples of why nothing is “free.” This applies to medical care as well. You may have to see the “health care provider” the government program or private insurer makes available to you. You don’t particularly want to see a nurse, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles with free health care. Oh well, you convince yourself that it’s okay because, just like that car on the game show, it was free. More

Dr. John Reizer: Gambling With Your Life

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By Dr. John Reizer

American healthcare consumers are gambling with their lives each and every day. By taking various prescription and non prescription medications, that have deadly side effects attached to them, human Guinea pigs regularly roll the dice when they swallow, inject, and inhale suppressive pharmaceutical products that block the regular expressions of physiology in their bodies.

Here’s the wager most people are willing to make: I’ll bet my future health and well-being will not be irreparably damaged from the drugs I decide to take. The payoff; I will hopefully receive some sort of temporary change in the symptoms I am experiencing, or a lab value will move in a direction that’s been touted by experts as being a good one.

How crazy and delusional are people when they place their faith and trust in toxic products that have been manufactured by for profit drug companies? The short answer, pretty damn crazy and delusional. More

Dr Peter Gøtzsche exposes big pharma as organized crime

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“The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life… Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors… the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe.

The patients don’t realize that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that’ve been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry… If you don t think the system is out of control, please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death… If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus, or even one-hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.”  (source

 

For more informative videos and free information visit http:drmcdougall.com Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD is a Danish medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration. Dr.Gøtzsche has been critical of screening for breast cancer using mammography, arguing that it cannot be justified; His critique stems from a meta-analysis he did on mammography screening studies and published as Is screening for breast cancer with mammography justifiable? in The Lancet in 2000. In it he discarded 6 out of 8 studies arguing their randomization was inadequate. In 2006 a paper by Gøtzsche on mammography screening was electronically published in the European Journal of Cancer ahead of print. The journal later removed the paper completely from the journal website without any formal retraction. The paper was later published in Danish Medical Bulletin with a short note from the editor, and Gøtzsche and his coauthors commented on the unilateral retraction that the authors were not involved in. In 2012 his book Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy was published. In 2013 his book Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare was published. http://www.cochrane.org/

 

Money Can’t Buy You Health

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Contributor & author: Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

 

 

 

Preview:  So how would government-funded primary care have prevented the diseases my patients have had? Heart failure? (Statin drugs probably make it worse.) Heart attacks? (When the patient has one, it is too late to prevent it.) Stroke? (Preventive aspirin is now criticized because of the bleeding it may cause.) Osteoarthritis? (We have great joint replacements but are much better at blocking access to surgery than at curing the arthritis.) Gall bladder disease, cancer, pneumonia, blood clots, thyroid disease, cataracts, arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, herniated disks, asthma, endocarditis from drug abuse, on and on. If we put all the doctors to work pretending to keep people healthy, who would treat disease and injury?

Healing the sick is what medicine is about. The politicians who promise to “fix healthcare” can only destroy medicine—while bankrupting the country.

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June 11th, 2019

by: Jane M. Orient, M.D.

“Healthcare” is supposed to be the big election issue, and politicians promise to give people universal and equal “healthcare,” or prevent the bad guys from taking it away.

Everyone of course wants to be healthy, and a $3 trillion industry wants to keep the money flowing.

So, I have a confession to make as a doctor: I don’t think I have ever kept anybody healthy. If someone comes to me asking for “health maintenance,” I don’t have a shot of “health” to give, or a prescription for “health” to be filled at your neighborhood Walgreens, CVS, or Rite-Aid.

And as a patient, I can’t recall any ways in which doctors kept me healthy, although they did save my life by taking out my appendix, and they treated some illnesses and injuries. I am very grateful to them, and whatever I paid them seemed reasonable and well worth it.

To my mind, a healthy person is one who does not have to see a “healthcare provider” regularly or take medicine every day, and who can go to work, take care of family, and generally lead an active life. More

Congress Should Prioritize Healing, Not Hypocrisy

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May 1st, 2019

by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

 

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  • May is Mental Health Month and it should inspire us to think about family, community relationships, and our growing disconnectedness. It is not an invitation for Congress and other troublemakers to lose their collective minds.
  • Instead of looking for reasons to tear us apart, our congresspersons should be focusing on proposals trying to move us in a positive direction. Who cares what side of the aisle originated the ideas? Communities and their legislators must find solutions for hypodermic needles and human feces on the streets, the homeless, and drug addiction to name a few. There are 130 people a day dying from opiate overdoses with no easy answer as to the root cause. The Department of Health and Human Services formed a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force including physicians and other professionals involved in caring for patients with pain and addiction issues. The task force concluded what most physicians already know: patient care must be individualized.
  • Save for a few rotten apples, physicians are doing their best to care for patients with complex problems. Mental Health Month offers physicians the opportunity to reaffirm that we are not automatons and patients are individuals, not data points. Congresspersons should take this month to stop squabbling and jockeying for power and explore legislation that allows physicians and patients freedom to choose their own path to a healthy life.

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May is Mental Health Month and it should inspire us to think about family, community relationships, and our growing disconnectedness. It is not an invitation for Congress and other troublemakers to lose their collective minds.

While folks of all colors and lifestyles are quietly living and working together and building relationships, the professional malcontents are looking for offense around every corner. Take the sports teams shunning Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Kate Smith for having performed some songs with racially offensive lyrics in the 1930s. One of the songs, thought to be satirical, was also sung by black actor and well-known civil rights activist, Paul Robeson. Apparently, no one looked into Smith’s motives or other aspects of her life before shrouding her statue in black. How ironic that the very teams that excluded black players are “virtue signaling” at someone else’s expense.

Will the memorials to the progressive icons Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt suffer the same fate? Historians note that Mrs. Roosevelt called black folks “darkies” and “pickaninnies.” Yet she was instrumental in having black opera singer Marian Anderson perform in an integrated setting and flew in an aircraft piloted by a Tuskegee Airman, among other things. More

Part 2: The Big Vaccine Cartel and Forced Vaccinations (and the contagiousness of the recently vaccinated)

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 By Gary G. Kohls, MD – April 10, 2019

Read Part 1 here!

 

PART 2….

“In fact, claiming that the science of vaccinology is closed can’t explain the recent mumps “epidemic” at Temple University that occurred among fully vaccinated students. The fact that the recently vaccinated can be contagious should be a caution for any mayor that irrationally mandates mass vaccinations with live virus vaccines when a few dozen measles or mumps cases show up in your community. The problem isn’t the unvaccinated; the problem is the vaccinated!”

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The Worst Corporate Sociopaths are the Legal Drug Cartels

The dictionary definition of a cartel is an “An association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition.”

One example fa a cartel that should be well-known among us sheeple is the pharmaceutical cartel better known as Big Pharma. Its trade association, lobbying group and mouth piece is PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Over the past decade the Big Pharma cartel has been crippling and subjugating American patients for decades, usually making people sicker and sicker and more dependent on their chemical products while simultaneously falsely advertising that their “miracle drugs” and “miracle vaccines” produce cures.

Big Pharma corporations have sent to Washington, D.C. 1,400 full-time pharmaceutical lobbyists to defend the interests of their industries. Currently they are undermining efforts to expand Medicare drug-pricing to younger Americans and they are lobbying naïve or “bought-off” law-makers and bureaucratic rule-makers to expand the already over-loaded vaccination schedules.

But nefarious corporate-controlled groups that have managed to achieve control over the healthcare purse-strings and rule-making are not interested in the truth. The corporate “gravy train” is moving ahead too smoothly and rapidly to risk derailment.

Instead the cartels falsely claim that the science of vaccinology is settled. (Which view is intentionally blind to the thousands of censored-out truths that have already refuted the conventional wisdom that falsely claims that vaccines are 100 % safe and 100% effective. More

Part 1: The Big Vaccine Cartel and its Wholly-owned Subsidiaries at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, the AAP and the AMA. They are NOT your Friends

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(Below is a tiny portion of the many very good reasons why legal drug cartels should never have been trusted in the past and why they should never be trusted again)

By Gary G. Kohls, MD – April 10, 2019

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In some of the many Duty to Warn columns that I have written over the years about the domination that for-profit corporations have acquired over healthcare delivery in America, I have especially tried to warn readers (especially parents of vulnerable infants and children) about the many hidden dangers from the thousands of drugs and vaccines that are mass-produced by the hundreds of multinational drug and vaccine manufacturers across the world. Every single one of those corporations has unethically hidden those dangers via their ever-present propaganda efforts.

For profit corporations don’t pledge the Hippocratic Oath like physicians and nurses used to do. And the only “ethical” duty of corporations is a fiduciary one. Their only “ethical” responsibility is to their shareholders; and that means “to make as large a profit as possible” so that those shareholders will benefit from dividend distribution or share price escalation.

Large for-profit corporations meet the definition of sociopathic entities, which means they have no real interest in the well-being of the public or the environment – unless there are some long-term benefits for the corporation in pretending to be a good citizen or a protector of the environment.

Multinational corporations, no matter what there are the products that they manufacture or market, are largely cold-hearted, conniving, money-hungry entities. Most of us see through their advertising propaganda and attractive logos, sports sponsorships, and their smiley-faced spokespersons who are regularly given space to spout their propaganda during the nightly news reports. More

TS Radio Network: Dialysis Advocates # 11

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SOTU 2019 and American Medicine

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February 12th, 2019

SOTU 2019 and American Medicine

by: Jane M. Orient, M.D.

While President Trump called for unity and cooperation in his 2019 State of the Union address, the views of the audience showed a sharp and bitter divide, especially on issues affecting the health and medical care of Americans. Most striking was the solid bloc of Democrat “suffragettes” clad in white like Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

When the President congratulated women for their increased representation in Congress, this bloc rose to its feet to applaud uproariously, as if the home team had scored the winning touchdown in the high-school championship game.

Otherwise, the women mostly sat sullenly with arms crossed, or even displayed overt and in-your-face derision. They sat, as did Speaker Pelosi, while Sen. Bernie Sanders scowled eloquently, during the standing ovation for the President’s promise that America would never become a socialist country. The President had just observed that Venezuela, once the richest country in South America, had become a pit of abject poverty and despair under socialist rule. No sign of compassion have Democratic Socialists shown for women rooting through trash seeking food for their children, and no trace of concern about the refugees fleeing into Colombia and other neighboring countries.

These congresswomen in white are blind to the White Ladies of Havana, Cuba, who march in silence every Sunday after church to protest the communist regime on behalf of their fathers, brothers, and sons who were jailed and tortured by the Castro brothers’ totalitarian regime for their anti-communist beliefs. A naturalized American citizen (a legal immigrant) who grew up in Communist Romania, Ileana Johnson, is dismayed that Americans have elected socialists to rule over our lives. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez’s mentor, has praised Fidel Castro for educating and bringing healthcare to Cuban children, and “totally transforming” society. More

Big Pharma Controls Congress

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By Dr. John Reizer

If you want to absolutely control the outcome of a sports event, you have to control all the players involved on both teams as well as the referees officiating the contest. You leave nothing to chance. You buy off everyone and everything that could possibly prevent you from achieving the results you’re looking for.

This scenario is what’s been happening for years with regards to healthcare in the United States. Big pharmaceutical companies have secured financial control over the media, lawmakers, Congress and everyone else in the game.

If you are naive enough to believe that healthcare regulating agencies are looking out for the public’s best interests, think again. They’ve been bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. They’re in complete control of everything and there’s not much that anyone can possibly do to reverse the situation except possibly to educate yourself about health and the logic of human physiology. It’s a daunting task, but your life and the lives of your children depend on your efforts. Good luck!

What The Election Means To Your Medical Care

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October 16th, 2018              For Immediate Release!

Contributor & author: Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Interview – Contact Dr. Orient directly at (520) 323-3110

Preview: People are marching with “Health Care Voter” signs, and this is generally believed to be one of the most important issues in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans who got elected on the promise to repeal ObamaCare, and reneged, may now get unelected. Voters who supported them are dissatisfied, and Democrats demand still more government involvement in medicine.

On Twitter, #HealthCareVoter posts warned that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court would “rip health care away from people with pre-existing conditions.” This illustrates several profound misunderstandings.

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by: Jane M. Orient, M.D.

People are marching with “Health Care Voter” signs, and this is generally believed to be one of the most important issues in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans who got elected on the promise to repeal ObamaCare, and reneged, may now get unelected. Voters who supported them are dissatisfied, and Democrats demand still more government involvement in medicine.

On Twitter, #HealthCareVoter posts warned that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court would “rip health care away from people with pre-existing conditions.” This illustrates several profound misunderstandings.

By “health care,” most seem to mean health “insurance”—usually a prepaid health plan, which is not at all the same as medical care. The Supreme Court already decided that it is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause to force people to buy a commercial product. Remember stare decisis? Would it be ok to overturn the ACA decision, just not Roe v. Wade? More

TS Radio: Exposing Medical Predators with Carly Walden #2

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Join us Tuesday Evening January 16, 2018 at 7:00 CST!

With our new host on TS Radio:  Carly Walden

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Nursing homes that harm seniors face fewer fines under Trump

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The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under Obama inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

“It is critical that we have relief,” Mark Parkinson, the group’s president, wrote in a letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016.

Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes — 4 of every 10 — have been cited at least once for a serious violation, federal records show. Medicare has fined two-thirds of those homes. Common citations include failing to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores.

FROM 2015: Look up nursing home ratings in your city

The new guidelines discourage regulators from levying fines in some situations, even when they have resulted in a resident’s death. The guidelines will also probably result in lower fines for many facilities.

The change in policy aligns with Trump’s promise to reduce bureaucracy, regulation and government intervention in business. READ MORE

It’s Not about Health Care—It’s about Control

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July 18th, 2017      For Immediate Release!

Contributor & author: Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

 

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  • We’re moving toward the end-game of single payer, which assures the continued diversion of funds to the Swamp. These funds are no longer available for people to choose to spend. And worse, the System will carefully control the funds that actually provide care, say by punishing doctors for deviating from government-dictated “best practices.” It will allow nothing it calls “snake oil” (things like vitamin D, hormone supplements for aging, or other generally benign items that people find worthwhile but that drain profits from government-approved treatments). Nothing “futile” like experimental treatment for Charlie Gard. Nothing experimental outside the control of the FDA (that might compete with lucrative drugs). Nothing that is not “value based” (such as life-sustaining treatment including food and water to patients not valuable enough to treat for pneumonia, heart failure, or a bleeding ulcer).
  • Last year, Nevada Medicaid paid managed-care companies as much as $213 million for more than 30,000 people who received no care at all. Maybe that money was taken from housing or law enforcement.

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Universal Coverage Means Less Care

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Contributor & author: Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Interview – Contact Dr. Orient directly at (520) 323-3110 or by email at janeorientmd@gmail.com

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When the money is gone, treatment is canceled. There will be fewer beds, fewer CT scanners, fewer drugs, and fewer doctors. But all will be fair. No rationing by price, just by waiting lines, political pull—and death. There will be no medical bills to pay after a service, if you get any service. Only taxes in advance, service or no service.

That’s why the universal care advocates count enrollees, not the number of services, and constantly harp on “excessive” treatment, even while planning to make patients wait months for an appointment.”

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May 16th, 2017

The reported success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) is based on enrollment numbers. Millions more have “coverage.” Similarly, the predicted disasters from repeal have to do with loss of coverage. Tens of thousands of deaths will allegedly follow. Activists urge shipping repeal victims’ ashes to Congress—possibly illegal and certainly disrespectful of the loved one’s remains, which will end up in a trash dump.

Where are the statistics about the number of heart operations done on babies born with birth defects, the latest poster children? How about the number of babies saved by this surgery, and the number allowed to die without an attempt at surgery—before and after ACA? I haven’t seen them. Note that an insurance plan doesn’t do the operation. A doctor does. The insurer can, however, try to block it

Also missing are figures on the number of courses of cancer chemotherapy given, or not given, or the time from diagnosis to death in cancer patients before and after ACA. Five-year survival of cancer patients in the U.S. is generally better than in countries that have universal coverage, or the type of plan progressives want to import. Again, the insurance plan isn’t medicine. You can get medicine without insurance, and if you have insurance it might refuse to pay.

There are selected comparisons of change in mortality rates in states that did or did not expand Medicaid (such as New York vs. Pennsylvania). On the other hand, mortality did not decrease in one state (Oregon). These estimates—guesstimates really, are based on the weakest type of data, and the differences may have nothing to do with Medicaid. Maybe it was better AIDS treatments. We hope that the FDA does not use evidence this poor to evaluate drugs.

But what effect did ObamaCare have on overall U.S. mortality?

Between 2014 and 2015, U.S. mortality rates increased for the first time in decades. This primarily affected less-educated whites. Is ObamaCare the cause? There are many factors involved, drug abuse probably being the most important. But I suspect that if repeal had happened in 2012 or 2013, it would have been blamed.

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Medical Communication Companies and America’s Medical Propaganda Machine

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD

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“(Mitochondria, by the way, are the tiny energy-producing “hearts and lungs” of every living cell in our bodies that can be poisoned by the ingredients of many of our commonly prescribed drugs and vaccines.)”

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Examining One of the Many Ways That Healthcare Providers are Compelled to Over-prescribe Big Pharma’s Unaffordable, Often Toxic and Often Dependency-inducing Prescription Drug

“He who pays the piper calls the tune.” – Robert Browning

Similar conflicts of interest and biases exist in virtually every field of medicine, particularly those that rely heavily on drugs or devices. It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” Marcia Angell, MD, author of “The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It”

“The results of (usually Big Pharma-sponsored) clinical trials are submitted to the FDA, and if one or two drug trials are positive—that is, if they show effectiveness without serious risk—the drug is usually approved, even if all the other trials are negative.” — Marcia Angell, MD, author of “Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption” More

Clinton may be the “death sentence” for America and Trump is 50/50

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new-logo25Editorial response by:  Doug Kinan

 

Globe article: Wild presidential debates have proved pivotal in trajectory of campaign – The Boston Globe

Kinan’s Response:

Both candidates have acted inappropriately and both have history.

Private sector history and public sector history are different.

Trump’s alleged history has had no impact on the nation and the world.

Clinton has three decades of public service with little to show America what has been accomplished for America and Americans.

Essentially the government no longer represents the American taxpayers. Is the status quo what America needs or wants?

On one issue alone, “immigration”, the choice should be clear. More

Obamacare: Death to Physicians? Suicide Rates Climb Since ACA Passed

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new logoBy Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D

Physicians also fear losing hospital privileges if treatment for depression is disclosed. Hospital administrators increasingly use mandated psychiatric treatment as a bullying tactic to remove independent-thinking, patient-focused physicians from hospital staff.

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Chaos and disruptions in medical care have had one tragic and destructive effect that no one is addressing: the deaths of more than 2,000 physicians by suicide since Obamacare was passed by means of strong-arming and bribery.

censored doctPhysicians in general have a higher rate of suicide than other professional groups and the general public. Women physicians’ suicide rates are reported to be up to 400% higher than women in other professions. Male physicians’ rates are 50% to 70% higher.

Why are more physicians seeing suicide as their only option? The rising rate since the 2010 Affordable Care Act was passed points to the added regulatory and financial pressures from Obamacare as major factors:
• need to see more patients per hour to make ends meet
• lower payments, longer delays in being paid, and declining patient visits due to higher co-pays and deductibles
• financial stress, a known trigger for suicide, intensified by a 40 % to 50% decline in practice revenues as overhead costs go, forcing many primary-care physicians to close up their practices
• increasing administrative and paperwork burden, which takes time away from patient care, without the satisfactions of helping patients
• more generalized “one-size-fits-all” protocols demanded by insurance and government “guidelines”
• more forms, reports, and regulations that no one understands, but with huge financial penalties and even prison time for making mistakes
• demonization of “greedy doctors” by insurance companies, government, and media.

Doctors have always been at higher risk of suicide than other professions for several reasons:
• pressures of responsibility for patients’ lives
• fear of making mistakes that might cost a life or trigger a malpractice suit
• fear of losing one’s medical license and livelihood
• long hours, time away from families on nights and weekends
• high rates of unrecognized or untreated depression, alcohol or substance abuse, and divorce due to all of the above

Doctors are human too, and have feelings. I think other critically overlooked factors in the rising suicide rates since 2010 include:
• the increasing sense that doctors are just a “cog in a wheel,” interchangeable with those having less training and expertise
• feeling unappreciated by patients, who toss them aside like an old toy when insurance plans change
• frustration with patients who dismiss medical recommendations if “it is not covered by my insurance”
• loss of autonomy, control, and independence as faceless insurance clerks, bean-counters, licensing boards, and government agencies dictate how, where, and when medicine is to be practiced, with no knowledge of the patient in question.

Physicians are also often their own worst doctors and feel they can handle their own health issues and stress. There is the ever-present social stigma about seeking mental health treatment, but for physicians this is magnified by the fear of being penalized and having their medical license jeopardized if they seek treatment for depression or stress. We encourage others to seek mental health professionals if appropriate, but most physicians are afraid to do so themselves because such treatment must be reported on each medical license renewal application, increasing the risk of losing one’s license and livelihood.

Physicians also fear losing hospital privileges if treatment for depression is disclosed. Hospital administrators increasingly use mandated psychiatric treatment as a bullying tactic to remove independent-thinking, patient-focused physicians from hospital staff.

All of these problems, especially the feelings of loss of control and loss of autonomy in one’s medical decision-making, have escalated dramatically with the ever-increasing regulatory burdens under Obamacare.

A death by suicide is devastating to families, leaving emotional scars that may never heal. Physicians’ family members often have significant support to help with grief and shock, but very little attention is paid to the needs of patients, especially older patients who often have profound feelings of loss, and little support to help them through unexpected loss of a trusted physician upon whom they depended.

Most doctors go into medicine truly committed to helping people who are ill and in pain. Today, doctors are under siege with outside forces preventing them from doing the very thing that means the most: taking care of patients. The sensitive and compassionate ones have an even harder time dealing with denials of care they know their patients need.

The toll on doctors—and then patients—is getting worse daily. Insurance and government bureaucrats had best remember: at some point, we ALL will be a patient—that includes YOU.

WARNING: dead doctors cannot save your life.

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The Final Financial Solution: Shoot the Messengers

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By Guest Columnist William Annett

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“(c) The greatest boff of all belongs to the pharmaceutical industry and its standard-bearer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Normal operations, sanctioned by a well-juiced government and its trained seal the FDA, consist of developing top-drawer medications which are then marketed for billions, whether or not they’re dangerous – or even criminal.”

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We’re living in a cuckoo’s nest that would have baffled Ken Kesey. thFLBPYT2F Consider just three items at the top of our agenda.

(1) Astronomical military spending at a time when there’s nobody left in the world big enough to fight us, with the exception of international terrorists (of which the definition is any rebel faction in a Middle East loaded with factions, most of which we first created, then armed and now oppose, not because they’ve changed but because we have),

(2) the health care farce, which makes us the most expensive, least effective (at least #47 in the world) and largest laughingstock in the world, and finally,

(3) the final triumph of corporate governance in Washington, which is icing the decline and fall of both capitalism and democracy in one fell swoop.

Witness the final humiliation: Warren Buffett, the richest deckhand on this ship of fools, recently announced how he could cure all our ills in about five minutes: every time Congress screws up by deadlocking itself or filibustering over the people’s business, we suspend their Congressional salaries and munificent benefits, such as the real health care system they deny us. The result would be guaranteeing the immediate end of deficits, debt problems and unemployment. Inadequate, Warren, but like drowning lawyers, a good start.

Take the Pentagon (as Rodney Dangerfield might say: Please). While every politician is shit-hemorrhaging over the budget deficit, military spending has reached such ridiculous proportions that multi-billion dollar items (such as the recent F-35 horror) click automatically into place, even though nobody – including the Pentagon brass itself – wants the bloody thing. It’s just fixed, embedded national policy/corporate welfare that subsidizes the weapons industry. And just the other day, our formerly audacious hopeful President sent to Congress his endorsement of the largest Pentagon budget in history. More

ACOs Are the Latest Assault on Private Medical Practice

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“Burwell is not content with destroying only Medicare. According to Medscape, “Burwell also announced the creation of a Health Care Payment and Learning and Action Network”

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In a critique of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) last October I 1723251_10152281254508606_304151171_nwrote: “Now comes news that three more of the original groups will jump ship, leaving only 19 of the original 32 still on board. A nearly 50 percent attrition rate should be seen as a death knell for the concept, as these were likely the best of the best, and the inducements most generous. Reasonable people would head back to the drawing board. But we are dealing with government bureaucrats, health policy wonks, and administrators. They will damn the torpedoes and push on at flank speed.”

And, as predicted, that is exactly what is happening. More

Survival Prospects for ObamaCare in 2015

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“It may be years before a new beneficiary develops a serious illness and finds out that his policy is worthless.
• Come April, Americans will be having to tell the IRS about their insurance status, and pay an additional “tax” if it doesn’t meet requirements. Employers face onerous new reporting requirements come New Year’s Day, and the delayed employer mandate kicks in.”

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Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keepObamacareHurt their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively.

Once a government benefit is given, it becomes politically suicidal to take it back—at least in a way that people can see. There are likely a million or more Americans who are reveling in “having healthcare for the first time in their lives.” Or so the Administration’s messaging would have us believe. People are not yet onto the difference between having an insurance card and getting prompt medical attention. More

THE MESSAGE OF THE VOTERS

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“My Grandchildren’s America”

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“These concepts and ideas are fundamental to the essence of the United States of America. The voters said we want these fundamentals restored; we do not wish to be fundamentally transformed to a totalitarian Marxist state as Obama and the Marxist/Progressives promised and are doing. Did the Republican Party hear?

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We were told by Obama that even though he was not on the ballot, his policies were. Yes, they were and the message of the election was loud and clear; America does not like the Marxist policies of the Obama regime. Even though the message was clear, the question is did the leaders of the Republican Party hear and understand the message. We already know Obama did not hear, did not understand, or chose to ignore the message.

What really was the message? It was very simple. The American voter said now that we see how this fundamental transformation that was promised looks, we do not like it. The American voter said we prefer the type of government and society our founders established. They established three basic principles that are excellent for a prosperous, free, and great country and we want these reestablished.

The three basic concepts the founders instituted had never been tried before the founders said we think this type of government and country will allow individual citizens to flourish and prosper and by being individuals they will establish a great and powerful nation. How correct the founders were. Unfortunately, others came along and said what the founders had established needed to be fundamentally transformed. They said what the founders did created a selfish and greedy people who refused to conform to the concept of subjugation to a government and community, as opposed to being a unique and non-conforming individual; the very essence of American greatness. More

Republicans Can No Longer Blame Harry Reid for Failing to Repeal ObamaCare

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“They impose no selective stealth taxes. If Congress is to tax people, it must do so through transparent, constitutional means.
They do not expand the reach of government into areas in which it has no constitutional authority.
They create no new agencies through which Congress can further abdicate its authority to the Executive.
They reduce the governmental footprint on the necks of Americans.”

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The time for Republican self congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests?

It is not reassuring that some Republican Party strategists think they won because they purged controversial candidates who might make a campaign gaffe—and who might upset the ruling elite’s agenda if they got elected. Or that Democrats seem confident that Republicans will “work together” with them to continue the Progressive agenda—or else Obama will do it all by himself.

Republicans can no longer blame Harry Reid for their failure to repeal or defund ObamaCare. They can’t just take symbolic votes and complain (not too loudly) when bills get bottled up in the Senate. It’s on them now. More

You picked A Fine Time to Leave Me Blue Shield

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We constantly are told that “while ObamaCare might not be perfect, the right has not come up with a better plan.” Is it possible that we do not need a “plan” at all?

Think about it. Has the federal government set up a food plan for all? A housing plan? Is the Secretary of Whatever empowered to decide what and when we eat? What kind of house each of us lives in? Of course not. We work, we plan and we buy what we need, saving up for the big-ticket items. Government does not control us, nor should it.

So why is health care different?

“Health care” begins in the home– when moms and dads teach and model good health habits and good nutrition. In grade school the health teachers show children the basic food groups and explain why eating right and exercising is the road to a healthy life. Avoiding the use of toxic substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs is part of early training. Early learning of the proper role of kindness and generosity is the best way to teach good behavior and the structure of a healthy family and community.

So while staying healthy is the first step, next we need to learn how to detect illness early. A fever, a localized pain, a cough, or simply knowing that something is just not right ought to prompt one to seek medical attention. That is where it would be good to have a relationship with a physician who knows us, or at least knows the right questions to ask. His education is geared to picking up the signs, symptoms, and physical indications of disease. He is also prepared to handle 92% of what ails us and can get us back on our feet. We ought not need health insurance for routine care, as running these visits through an insurance company will make them more expensive.

Of course, despite our best behavior with inevitable slip-ups, 8% of us will come down with a serious injury or illness. This is where we will need the expertise of those who have made this country the go-to place for the best care in the world. A tumor, blood disorder, cancer, diabetic complications, or a broken bone—these are instances where purchasing health insurance—affordable, high-deductible health insurance is a wise decision. More

OBAMA REAFFIRMS INTENT TO TRANSFORM US INTO MARXIST SOCIETY

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On Monday, November 30, 2013, Obama gave a talk about what he called the growing inequality and lack of opportunity in America.   He said this would be his focus the rest or his term.  This is how he phrased it.

“…. and that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.  I believe this is the defining challenge of our time:  Making sure our economy works for every working American.  It’s why I ran for President.  It was at the center of last year’s campaign.  It drives everything I do in this office.  And I know I’ve raised this issue before, and some will ask why I raise the issue again right now.  I do it because the outcomes of the debates we’re having right now — whether it’s health care, or the budget, or reforming our housing and financial systems — all these things will have real, practical implications for every American.  And I am convinced that the decisions we make on these issues over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where opportunity is real.” More

Obamacare: Sold to the Highest Bidder

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The Affordable Care Act is like the television show Storage Wars, where unclaimed items in storage lockers are auctioned off after a quick peek through the door. People bid top dollar and hope for the best. Some find a goldmine, but the unseasoned bidders usually receive a Pandora’s Box.

Let’s look at some of the winners. The Center for Public Policy, a non-partisan public interest think tank in Washington D.C., estimated that $120 million was spent lobbying for health reform. Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) alone spent $26 million lobbying for Obamacare in 2009. And PhRMA has spent well over $100 million on ad campaigns promoting healthcare reform legislation.

Upon passage of the bill, the stocks of some of the largest health insurers, including Cigna, UnitedHealth Group,WellPoint,and Aetna climbed. Major makers of electronic health records (EHR) systems lobbied hard, locking out smaller competitors. Chicago-based Allscripts Healthcare Solutions former CEO Glen Tullman, who had served as health technology adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, made more than $200,000 in contributions to the campaign, and was frequent guest at the White House during 2009. With some nudging from the Stimulus mandate for EHRs, annual sales of Allscripts more than doubled from $548 million in 2009 to $1.44 billion in 2012. Cerner, another software purveyor, spent $400,000 lobbying for EHR. During the same three-year period, sales rose 60 percent.

Of course, AARP’s CEO, Barry Rand, wrote that the ACA was “vital” for the nation’s seniors. This makes no sense when the ACA in fact cut a half a trillion dollars from the popular Medicare Advantage program. It seems the ACA’s passage was vital to AARP’s insurance Medi-gap insurance products – which people with Medicare Advantage do not need. More

What Will the [Un]Affordable Care Act Look Like in a Year?

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Many are speculating about  the outcome of what I call UCA for the [Un]Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. I think there are two basic scenarios.

 

 

First is that UCA will do  precisely what it was intended to do: inject economic chaos into the medical  marketplace, driving prices for insurance and healthcare through the roof, so  that people will beg for the sequel—single payer. That means everybody is forced  into one big government plan. There is no doubt in my mind that this was the  intention of the authors of this bill, several of whom were the corporate  players who would benefit from this. While it is worthwhile to understand  various provisions of UCA, detailing its shortcomings without assigning  malevolent intent to its authors is naive, I think. This legislation was meant  to “crash” the system. That is its purpose. Unaffordable care and insurance are  its goals. This is a medical economic false flag from which only Uncle Sam can  rescue us. More

Death Panels Are Already At A Hospital Near You

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When advance health care directives (“living wills”)  were popularized, the guiding principle was to allow patients to choose to “die  with dignity.” But one man’s dignity is another man’s poison. Surveys suggest  that half of those with a serious chronic illness prefer to die at home. The  other half prefer treatment in hospitals.

Advance directive legislation has evolved from a means  to ensure patient autonomy to a license for health providers to ObamacareHurtwithdraw medical  treatment—even against a patient’s wishes. Statutory advance directives provide  that individuals “have the right to give instructions about their own health  care,” but they fail to mention that such instructions may not be carried out if  individuals have chosen life. (See, for example, California Probate Code section  4701).

The Uniform Health Care Decisions Act (UHCDA), model  legislation developed in 1994, has been adopted in whole or in part by several  states. It provides that health-care providers—without legal consequences—may  decline to comply with an individual’s health-care decision that “requires  medically ineffective health care or health care contrary to generally accepted  health-care standards applicable to the health-care provider or institution.”  Not surprisingly, the key term, “medically ineffective” is not defined. Any  attempts at specificity would force an open debate on the morality of rationing  and “playing God.”

Patients must be informed of the rules before the final  seconds of the game. Under state laws, circumstances under which wishes can be  denied range from a terminal condition or permanent unconsciousness (Alabama) to  being permanently unconscious or “an incurable or irreversible condition” that  will cause death “within a relatively short time”  (Maine).

Unbeknownst to patients, many hospitals have policies  that flesh out treatment withdrawal standards. For example, Stanford Hospital’s  “Policy for Medically Ineffective (Futile) Treatment”  states:

Medically ineffective refers to treatment that would not  offer the patient any significant benefit. If an attending physician believes  treatment is not medically ineffective and assumes care of the patient,  treatment is not medically ineffective.

This tortured clarification anoints the physician as the  final arbiter. More

The insanity of Obamacare in one sentence

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Dr. Barbara Bellar Candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18 sums up Obamacare in one sentence.
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“Let me get this straight. This is a long sentence.

We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase,
and fined if we don’t,
which puportedly covers at least 10 million more people,
without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16000 new IRS agents,
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a president who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already bankrupted social security and medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke.

What the [Blank] could possibly go wrong!”

“Centralized Government is a Freedom-Grabbing Black Hole!”

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By Ron Ewart, President

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and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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“Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it.  They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.”   Edmund Burke

Like political power, a massive black hole is an insatiable beast.  It will literally absorb (eat) anything that gets too close.  It eats surrounding gases, whole stars, star systems and planets.  And as it eats, it grows and the more it eats the larger and more powerful it gets.  Its power reaches out deeper and deeper into the heavens and warps the very fabric of space and time.   A black hole is a whirlpool in the universe and its immense gravity powers entire galaxies while it clears the space around it like a giant vacuum cleaner, inside its event horizon.  At its center is a point of infinite density where the laws of physics no longer apply.  It is, in its growing sphere of influence, the epitome of absolute power.  Not even light can escape it.

Since the dawn of human civilization, the masses have been and still are, in a constant struggle against the ever- increasing power of centralized government.  Whether it be kings, despots, dictators, or even democracies, centralized power grows and grows, like a black hole, until it envelops and consumes all those who would attempt to break it up, or destroy it.  Even though the Founding Fathers went to great pains to inhibit the rise of the federal government by limiting its powers in the U. S. Constitution, every succeeding executive, legislative and judicial branch of government since George Washington, has wriggled and finagled around its constitutional restraints into ever-increasing political power.   The jaws of absolute power are open wide and lie there in our not too distant future, if the people don’t take it upon themselves to break up that centralized power and restore it to the states and to the people, as it was intended by those who gave birth to freedom over two centuries ago at great sacrifice.

Throughout history, when centralized power is broken up or destroyed, it usually comes from the people violently rising up, en masse and restoring political power in the people and dividing all such power into smaller jurisdictions, which was part of the core foundation of the U. S. Constitution.  It was the states that created the federal government,  not the other way around.   It is the states and the people that are supposed to have the supreme power under our Constitutional Republic, not the federal government.

Fractionalized power, split up between many small centers of political power, (i.e. states, counties and cities) is freedom’s only salvation.  Centralized, concentrated authority in a single center of power, in the end, will be freedom’s demise. More

Obamacare’s Waterloo

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By Glenn Troy Morton

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Even for those who wanted single payer, I’m sure they didn’t want it brought to them by Blue Cross or United Healthcare! Out of all options talked about during the drafting of Obamacare, this is the worst possible outcome, and now the most likely.”

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I’m an emotional person. I have a tendency to believe I can do anything, despite how hard it might be, or how many times I see it clearly cannot be done. America is mine to live in, fully and enthusiastically, and I want it to do right by me, and I’ll return the favor.

Promise…

My work as a citizen of this great country is geared towards one goal and, with help, I’ll run it down like a bull: relentlessly, powerfully, and surely. The Bull isn’t afraid; the Bull won’t stand obstacles…unlike the one on Wall Street (Honestly, don’t you wish the people who have money had more balls? Their behavior is like splashing when you pee, then screaming a la Linda Blair in a 70’s horror film). The Bull is playing to win.

The bull’s fury is unmatched, and its chances of winning are much greater than yours if you happen to be in its way. It’s coming for you hard, whether you like it or not…

Replacing Obamacare is what I’m charging towards; I am clear on the damage it will do to our nation, and clear that I have developed a vastly better alternative. Obamacare seeks to permanently harm our financial capabilities and individual rights, and I am certain it will suffer a crushing defeat at our hands. We never voted for it, asked for it, or needed it. We needed the price of health insurance to drop…that’s all. We needed to be able to afford to care for our bodies, and the bodies of the ones we love. We wanted to die only when all attempts had been exhausted; when there was no alternative.

Since health insurers now make more money than at any time in the history of history, this should not have been a tall order… More

Activists and Local Communities Gaining Ground on Exposing Wal-Mart For Deceptive Practices

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Friday, February 4, 2011

“This program is nothing short of an East German snitch program that turns each American against their neighbor, thereby strengthening the power of the Homeland Security State — not America itself — and already has led to dire consequences.

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The myth of Wal-Mart as an indispensable part of Americana that presents the poor with a wide selection of affordable products is coming unraveled.

The revelation that Wal-Mart actually kills jobs and damages local communities is contradictory to their own brand marketing, but in a Yahoo news story Wal-Mart is drawing ire from the very people who it claims to be helping. The story cites a report released in January by City University of New York’s Hunter College Center for Community Planning, which studied 50 Wal-Mart stores and the impact they have had on the surrounding communities. The conclusions are striking:

The overwhelming weight of the independent research on the impact of Wal-Mart stores . . . shows that Wal-Mart depresses area wages and labor benefits . . . pushes out more retail jobs than it creates, and results in more retail vacancies.

This report has led the City Council to condemn Wal-Mart, saying:

‘To me, Wal-Mart is definitely not welcome in this city,’ asserted Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. ‘It is a union-busting, tax-evading, wage-suppressing, job-destroying, civil-rights abusing, food stamp-denying, multi-national corporation that has no place in this city.’ More

No Longer Will We Stand Idly By

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by Andrew Nappi, Florida Tenth Amendment Center 

The following is based off a speech given at Nullify Now! Orlando on 10-10-10

Isn’t it incredible that, despite all the historical evidence to the contrary, that anyone can still believe that the founders would’ve fought a long, cruel, bloody war just to exchange one central, overpowering government for another? And yet, these guys sitting on the courts want to define the limits of our freedom for the extension of greater government control. That is not the founders’ legacy. That’s not why we’re here today.

For these out of touch elitists, the Bill of Rights is just a historical curiosity – it’s quaint and doesn’t mean anything. But we know that the Bill of Rights is the very essence of state sovereignty. That’s why it was created, and that wasn’t lost on the founders.

In fact, at the North Carolina ratifying convention Samuel Spencer said, “It appears to me that the state governments are not sufficiently secured and that they may be swallowed up by the great mass of powers given to congress.” Was that prophetic? Just look what we have today… More

Health Care Hikes Continue As The Economy Apparently Improves.

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As we discussed in August and later in September, the enormity of the Health Care debacle is finally being realized by the Insurance Companies. Perhaps they did have some notion of the rising prices to come although with the transparency of all Government at this point, the Taxpayer will never know.

Today it is reported in the New York Times that the Obama Administration will allow insurers to raise fees for sick children (I’m sure it is still the prior administrations fault):

The Obama administration, aiming to encourage health insurance companies to offer child-only policies, said Wednesday that they could charge higher premiums for coverage of children with serious medical problems, if state law allowed it.

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HealthCare Hoopla Continues

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I think the title and information contained within say it all:

McDonald’s May Drop Health Plan

McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul. More

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